Let's Go for a Drive! An Elephant & Piggie Book

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Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Silly tale gives new readers a fun lesson in being flexible.

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Educational Value

Kids will think about what they need to have with them on trips as Elephant and Piggie prepare for their drive. And when things don't go as planned, Elephant and Piggie creatively repurpose all their supplies for another activity. Also, drawings of Elephant and Piggie offer exaggerated expressions, a good tool to help kids with social delays decipher what the characters are feeling.

Positive Messages

Friendship is at the heart of the Elephant and Piggie series. This installment also stresses how to be flexible when things don't go as planned.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elephant and Piggie are great friends who work together; when their plans don't work out, they turn their disappointment into an opportunity for creative play.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Let's Go for a Drive! is another silly installment in Mo WillemsElephant & Piggie series and the winner of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, an award given to books for beginning readers. New readers and pre-readers alike will enjoy watching Elephant and Piggie get so excited gathering everything they might need on a car trip. Parents will like the lesson of how the friends are flexible when things don't go as planned. Since the story is told in conversation bubbles, kids will build some basic conversation skills. Parents of children with social delays will also appreciate the exaggerated expressions of Willems' animal characters as an easy way to explore feelings.

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What's the story?

Elephant has a great idea. He and Piggie should go for a drive! Piggie's game, but they're not ready to go yet. They need all kinds of things for a successful car trip: a map, sunglasses, umbrellas in case it rains, and bags. But they forget one very important thing. When plans change and Elephant gets upset, Piggie makes a suggestion that sets things right again.

Is it any good?

Just as you'd expect from friends Elephant and Piggie, the idea of a car trip is off-the-hook exciting. Elephant shouts, "GET THAT MAP!" and Piggie rushes off. Then the celebration: "Map! Map! Mappy-map-map!" And it goes on from there.

The preparations are such a party that it's no wonder Elephant's upset when plans go awry. LET'S GO FOR A DRIVE! gives kids a valuable lesson in flexible thinking, with a truly clever happy ending to go with it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about expectations. On the cover of Let's Go for a Drive!, do you see the thought bubble above Elephant and Piggie's heads? Could this be a clue that things may not go as planned?

  • How do Elephant and Piggie deal with it when their plans go wrong? Have you ever had your heart set on doing something and it didn't work out? How did you feel, and what did you do? 

  • How do Elephant and Piggie reuse car trip items for their new activity? Can you spot the sunglasses? The map? The umbrellas?

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For kids who love friends, animals, and animal friends

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